Actress Jodie Foster came out single and alluded to sexuality while accepting her Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award at the Golden Globes on Sunday night.

Foster, who was introduced by Robert Downey Jr., told the audience that she had a personal declaration to make.

“While I'm here being all confessional, I just have the sudden urge to say something I've never been able to air in public. A declaration that I'm a little nervous about. Not quite as nervous as my publicist, huh, Jennifer? But, you know, I'm just going to put it out there. Loud and proud. I'm going to need your support. I am … single!”

Then, with a more serious tone, she added: “I already did my coming out about a thousands years ago. Back in the Stone Age. In those very quaint days when a fragile young girl would open up to trusted friends, and family, coworkers and then gradually, proudly, to everyone who knew her.”

Foster, 50, thanked Cydney Bernard, whom she identified as “my heroic co-parent, my ex-partner in love but righteous soul sister in life.” Bernard, a production manager, and Foster were together 20 years and are raising two sons.

Ricky Martin, who came out gay in 2010, tweeted: “Jody Foster on your terms. It's your time! Not before nor after. Its when it feels right.”